Decision on Wolf Hunting Season in MN Could Come by this Summer
Detroit Lakes, MN — While there is still no word from the Minnesota DNR when it comes to a potential wolf hunting season, the delisting of Timberwolves does provide Minnesotans with some management options. As of January 4th, 2021, wolf management was turned back over to state and tribal authorities. The Minnesota DNR is currently in the works of updating its management plan, but as part of the delisting, it now allows for more circumstances for the killing of wolves to be allowed, according to Detroit Lakes Are Wildlife Supervisor.
Baden adds that a wolf hunting season is certainly on the table and they hope to have a decision on that by sometime this summer.
Until the early 1970s wolves were unprotected in Minnesota. Prior to 2012, there had never been a regulated wolf hunting and trapping season. However, from 2012 through 2014—years when wolves were legally managed by the State of Minnesota rather than the federal government—state law allowed hunting and trapping under highly regulated conditions to ensure they would not have a negative impact on the population.